Difference between a Raceway and a Wireway?

The most widely used mounting for front-lit channel letters is flush mounting. But there are two other options; raceway and wireway. Channel letter signs may use either a raceway or a wireway for mounting. What is the difference between the two?

Here are some basics. A raceway is a sign mounting structure usually in a rectangular shape that also serves as a support box for the electrical components like wiring for both signs.

Channel Letter Raceways

Some businesses or property owners require raceway channel letter mounting. One important benefit of this mounting type –it requires a few mounting holes. That can be important for a building owner.

In contrast, a wireway is a slimmer aluminum enclosure and mounting structure.

Channel Letter Wireway

Sometimes property owners specify the wireways. A wireway is sometimes required because a channel letter set is only permitted to protrude a particular distance from the wall, and wireways are thinner than raceways.

Unlike a raceway, a wireway may serve three purposes – a letter mounting surface, a wiring enclosure, and a backing board. Wireways typically do not contain electrical components. The reason behind this is replacing an electrical component that is enclosed in a wireway requires the removal of the entire sign structure from the building façade. That can be very costly and time-consuming. On the other hand, it is simple and quick with raceways. To replace an electrical component with a raceway, you may only need to remove the raceway top.

Another difference between the two is raceways require less mounting holes than wireways. One similarity is that both structures make it easier to remove and relocate a sign. However, raceways may hold both electrical components and wiring. While wireways are narrower, slimmer, and usually contain only wires.

To order the mounting of your choice, contact Excel Signs Systems LLC. Call us at 281.720.8053.

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